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Borrowed from Medieval Latin quiētus (at rest). Doublet of quiet.



quietus (usually uncountable, plural quietuses)

  1. A stillness or pause; something that quiets or represses; removal from activity.
    • 1886, Henry James, chapter XXX, in The Bostonians, London; New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., OCLC 3179002, page 284:
      Olive's specific terrors and dangers had by this time very much blown over; Basil Ransom had given no sign of life for ages, and Henry Burrage had certainly got his quietus before they went to Europe.
  2. (figuratively) Death.
  3. Final settlement (e.g., of a debt).

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From Proto-Italic *kʷjētos, perfect passive participle of quiēscō (repose, lie still).



quiētus (feminine quiēta, neuter quiētum, comparative quiētior, superlative quiētissimus); first/second-declension participle

  1. at rest/nap, quiet, keeping quiet.
  2. peaceful, neutral.
  3. tranquil, calm.
    Synonym: tranquillus
  4. excused, absolved of


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative quiētus quiēta quiētum quiētī quiētae quiēta
Genitive quiētī quiētae quiētī quiētōrum quiētārum quiētōrum
Dative quiētō quiētō quiētīs
Accusative quiētum quiētam quiētum quiētōs quiētās quiēta
Ablative quiētō quiētā quiētō quiētīs
Vocative quiēte quiēta quiētum quiētī quiētae quiēta

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  • quietus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • quietus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • quietus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • quietus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to lay oneself down to slee: somno or quieti se tradere
    • in a dream: per quietem, in quiete
    • to remain inactive in camp: se (quietum) tenere castris
  • quietus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers